The Celestial Spaces of Aya Kato

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Currently located in Seto-shi, Aichi, Japan, artist Aya Kato's works present a fantastical world of divine palaces set in lustrous skies, dripping with rich, glowing colors and filled with spectacular creatures and flowing landscapes. Her luminous illustrations attempt to access the most mystical parts of the human imagination, not only to resonate with the eye but with the heart as well. Influenced by art nouveau artists such as Aubrey Beardsley, Kato's work is other-worldly in its presentation, and possess an unmistakably blissful sensibility.

Future Chic by Felipe Vargas

Illustration // Monday, September 30, 2013
Felipe Vargas is an illustrator, animator, and motion graphics designer based in Santiago, Chile. His clean and vibrant illustrations depict a strange future where the blistering speed of everyday life calls for heavy helmets and stylish biker gear. Vargas' textures, lines, and color palette are reminiscent of the 1980's neon-tinged comic book representations of the future, his style following in the vintage-inspired footsteps of artist Killian Eng or the French electronic group Daft Punk.

Anna Dittmann's Fanciful Portraits

Illustration // Monday, September 30, 2013
Anna Dittmann is a 20 year-old illustrator who grew up in San Francisco and moved to Georgia to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Dittmann's young age belies the technical finesse of her digital portraits, rendered in sweeping strokes of soft pastels and portraying fanciful, even magical, nymph-like beings suspended in abstract spaces.

Alicia Martin Lopez's Oddities

Illustration // Monday, September 30, 2013
Alicia Martin Lopez is a visual artist from Spain currently living in NYC. She obtained her BA in Advertising in 2007 and worked as a web designer for 4 years in Madrid. She combined this activity with illustration and traditional drawing until 2011, when she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study a master's degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York, completing her MFA in Computer Art in 2013 with a concentration in digital and traditional painting. She is now dedicated to this field, working as an illustrator and concept artist while developing personal projects in both digital and traditional media.

Electro Animals by Yo Az

Illustration // Monday, September 30, 2013
Based in Paris, France, Yo Az is an illustrator and graphic designer with a penchant for intricate designs that incorporate a multitude of symbols and shapes to create a larger picture. In his series Electro Animals, he employs this style in the creation of stunning animal portraits that fuse technological forms with geometrical shapes, representing the increasing encroachment of of human society into nature's domain, to the extent that these creatures are forced to assimilate into the electronic age.

Creative Duo NastPlas

Illustration // Monday, September 23, 2013
NastPlas is a creative duo based in Madrid, Spain. Formed in 2006 by illustrator Fran R. Learte, aka "drFranken," and creative director Natalia Molinos, aka "Na," their work combines an impressive range of digital motifs and abstract patterns that imbue their elaborate illustrations with great visual charge and dynamism. Pieces by NastPlas never fail to possess vivid color that pops and intricate forms that entrance the eye with their beauty and complexity.

Ruben Ireland's Ghostly Enchantresses

Illustration // Monday, September 23, 2013
Ruben Ireland is a graphic artist and illustrator based in London. His art fuses traditional techniques with digital processes, creating thoughtful, dreamlike images of seemingly magical beings in abstract spaces, these pensive enchantresses often interacting with mystical elements and wild creatures. Ireland's eclectic tool kit includes ink, acrylic, dirty water, foods, and weathered paper, all used in conjunction with Photoshop and a wacom tablet.

Nicolas Obery's Fantasmagorik

Illustration // Monday, September 23, 2013
Nicolas Obéry is an art director and digital illustrator living and working in Paris, France. A fan of surrealism, Obéry's series "FANTASMAGORIK" blends reality and fantasy through black and white portraits that combine photographic elements with poetic visual devices from his personal virtual library such as smoke, flowers, hair, and mysterious beams of light. In his work he has represented numerous actors, celebrities, and musicians, including Marilyn Monroe, Lady Gaga, and Elvis, as well as historical and fictional figures such as Superman, Salvador Dali, and Jules Verne.

Digital Elegance by Diego Fernandez

Illustration // Monday, September 23, 2013
Diego Fernandez is a digital artist and illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, whose technical and creative mastery of the digital medium is as impressive as it is viscerally appealing.  His detailed depictions of ethereal women are breathtaking in their precision and natural grace, reminiscent of the angelic profiles of Renaissance beauties in their refinement and comeliness.  Fernandez's work has been featured in Catapult Art Magazine, Laminate, and Exposé 11, among other publications.

Scott Oppenheim's Generative Art

Illustration // Monday, September 16, 2013
Scott Oppenheim is an interactive designer and digital artist living and working in Washington D.C. His passion for generative art, or the combination of coding and fine arts, has led him to create an impressive body of generative works, each unique in its own way yet undeniably rendered from the creative mind and coding abilities of the same creator. Oppenheim is an expert in his field, and has won several awards for web design and advertising work. Having studied classical drawing and color theory in the past, he uses his fine art skills to great effect as senior interactive designer for the branding agency CHIEF, and he continues to forward generative art as a new and legitimate form of artistic expression.
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